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Marilyn Horne last sang in Toledo on February 12, 2000, as part of the Toledo Opera s annual Gala.

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Last week, Marilyn Horne received a lifetime achievement award from Gramophone magazine in honor of her 45-year career on the concert stage. Next week, the 71-year old mezzo-soprano will be busy at Bowling Green State University. She is to present a pair of vocal master classes on Wednesday and Thursday in Kobacker Hall.

[Horne is] one of the greatest artists of her lifetime and now she has turned to teaching, to passing on that tradition and knowledge to another generation. What she offers is priceless, said BGSU voice professor Christopher Scholl.

Known throughout her career for her versatility, Horne sang repertoire ranging from Handel to Cole Porter. She made her operatic debut in 1954 singing Hata in a Los Angeles production of Smetana s The Bartered Bride. That same year she gained national fame dubbing the voice of Dorothy Dandridge in the film Carmen Jones. Horne is perhaps best known for her coloratura roles, often opposite soprano Joan Sutherland.

Horne last sang in Toledo on February 12, 2000, as part of the Toledo Opera s annual Gala.

Horne is currently vocal program director at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. She founded the Marilyn Horne Foundation in 1994, an organization dedicated to nurturing young singers.

Horne is the inaugural artist of BGSU s Helen McMaster Endowed Professorship in Vocal and Choral Studies.

Marilyn Horne presents free master classes from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and 2-4 p.m. Thursday in BGSU s Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Contact Steven Cornelius at: scornelius@theblade.com or 419-724-6152.

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